Natural Science/Environment

Liberty and Bioethics


In this colloquium, we explored a number of pertinent bioethical issues. Advances in scientific research have raised important questions about how bioethical issues influence the way we think about both liberty and personal responsibility.


Conference Readings

Beyleveld, Deryck and Roger Brownsword, “Human Dignity and the New Bioethics: Human Dignity as Constraint” In Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 29-48.

Cherry, Mark J. Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2005.

Finnis, John. Principles of Health Care Ethics. Edited by Raanan Gillon. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 1994.

Hall, Lauren K. “A Classical-Liberal Response to the Crisis of Bioethics.” Independent Review 15, no. 1 (2010): 53-70.

Hare, Richard, “A Utilitarian Approach” In A Companion to Bioethics, edited by Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, 85-90. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009.

Harris, John. “‘Goodbye Dolly?’ The Ethics of Human Cloning.” Journal of Medical Ethics 23, no. 6 (1997): 353-360.

Kass, Leon. “Neither for Love nor Money: Why Doctors Must Not Kill.” Public Interest 94 (Winter 1989): 25-46.

Matas, Arthur. “The Case for Living Kidney Sales: Rationale, Objections and Concerns.” American Journal of Transplantation 4, no. 12 (2004): 2007-2017.

Omar, Faisal, Gustav Tinghög, and Stellan Welin. “Incentivizing Deceased Organ Donation: A Swedish Priority-Setting Perspective.” Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 39, no. 2 (2011): 156–163.

Pinker, Steven. “The Stupidity of Dignity.” The New Republic 238, no. 9 (May 2008): 28-31.

Potrykus, Ingo. “Regulation Must Be Revolutionized.” Nature 466 (July 29 2010): 561.

Sahakian, Barbara and Sharon Morein-Zamir. “Professor’s Little Helper.” Nature 450, no. 7173 (2009): 1157-1159.

Savulescu, Julian. “Procreative Beneficence: Why We Should Select the Best Children.” Bioethics (2001): 413-426.

Schneider, Angela and Theodore Friedmann. “The Problem of Doping in Sports.” Advances in Genetics 51 (2006): 1-6.

Singer, Peter. Practical Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Singer, Peter. Rethinking Life & Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Söderberg, Hjalmar. Doctor Glas: A Novel. New York: Anchor Books, 2002/1905.

Stempsey, William. “Organ Markets and Human Dignity: On Selling Your Body and Soul.” Christian Bioethics 6, no. 2 (2000): 195-204.

Tamburrini, Claudio. Values in Sport. Edited by Claudio Tamburrini and Torbjörn Tännsjö. New York: E & FN Spoon, 2000.

Wilkinson, Stephen. “The Exploitation Argument Against Commercial Surrogacy.” Bioethics 17, no. 2 (2003): 169-187.